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Abolitionist Reflections on Cecil the Lion

CecilIf we have spent any time on social media lately we have probably seen much outrage in relation to the hashtag ‪#‎CecilTheLion‬. From what I understand, Cecil was an old lion whom was much beloved in Zimbabwe and who was murdered, decapitated and then photographed by a US citizen who paid many tens of thousands of dollars to get access to him.

Why have I raised this issue of Cecil the lion’s murder?

Firstly, we need to understand that this murder is not an unusual event. Canned hunting and safari hunting is big business. Have a look online and you’ll see hundreds of photos of people with murdered African animals. Let’s keep in mind that this type of killing happens regularly in Africa and elsewhere. One elephant is murdered every 15 minutes. Why? Because society views animals as property. (Each day 153 plus million animals are tortured and murdered mostly for food.) Society creates demand for animal products and included in those products is ivory and body parts. There is also a demand by a non-vegan society for killing animals as entertainment.

An uncomfortable truth we need to face is that the person who murdered Cecil is just like all of us who use animals as resources and who use animals for our pleasure. I hear some say what?!? How is my eating a “steak” or a chicken wing or eating icecream or eating my morning eggs have anything to do with the likes of this “psychopath” who killed that lion?

Let me explain.

The dentist who murdered Cecil did so because it gave him pleasure.  We could be accused of similar motives. We eat animal products like meat, dairy, eggs, etc because it gives us pleasure but at the expense of many lives and yes, the dairy and egg industry is immensely violent. The fact is we certainly don’t need to eat animal products (or use animals for any other purpose) at all since we can *easily* meet our nutrition needs from plants (and other non-animal sources). The truth is that any animal we eat, wear or use is no less nor more morally important than Cecil. They love their life as much as Cecil the lion did and they deserve to not be treated as a “thing”.

But back the issue of killing for entertainment.

The killing of animals for entertainment and for “trophies” happens regularly. Putting it simply, while animals are viewed as property and while they are viewed as resources, no animal is safe. No single issue campaign nor any petition is going to end the property status of animals. No amount of money we throw at this issue, no “ban” or “boycott”, no politician we lobby is going to end the property status of animals. Only a general societal change of attitude, a paradigm shift away from our speciesist attitude towards nonhuman animals is going to end their property status and that means we need to recognise ALL animals as the sentient beings they are. We need to recognise their moral personhood and stop using them as “things”, as resources.

While what happened to Cecil is tragic and terrible, we need to open our minds to the reality that Cecil the lion is no more nor less morally important than any sentient animal whom we eat, wear and use.

Chris Hedges (an ethical vegan and Pulitzer prize recipient) talks about the issue of moral compartmentalisation and ‪‎veganism‬ in his essay “All Forms of Life are Sacred“.

Here’s an excerpt of Hedges’ essay:

“‘These are fundamental issues of justice’, he said of animal rights during our lunch.’These are fundamental issues that require that we take nonviolence seriously. You cannot speak about nonviolence and stick violence into your mouth three times a day. How many of us have grown up with a dog, a cat, a parakeet or a rabbit? Did we love those beings? Did we love them in a different way from the way we ‘loved’ our car or our stereo? Why is that love different? It is different because that is the love of an other, whether that is a human person or a nonhuman person. It is love for an other who matters morally. Did we cry when that being died? It is [a] moral [contradiction] to treat some animals as members of our family and then roast and stick forks into other animals, which have been abused and tortured and [who] are no different from our nonhuman family members.'”

In future, when we hear about tragedies like this one where a certain member of a species (that we fetishise) is murdered, let us remember that this particular nonhuman, just like all nonhuman sentient beings (no matter what species), deserves at least one basic right; not to be used as a resource, and deserves not to be treated as property. That means we need to embrace veganism. Veganism rejects the property status of all animals from every species. Veganism recognises the moral personhood of nonhuman animals.

Can you imagine a world where the most vulnerable (nonhuman animals) are truly respected? And let us consider that if we respect the most vulnerable, nonhumans, this attitude most likely will then spread to encompass the most vulnerable of our own species. We can create such a world by first becoming vegan.

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Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 14: Promoting Violence In Soft Tones With A Smile On His Face (Pt 1 and 2)

Doesn't belong in a nonviolent movement12My latest Vegan Trove​ podcast in 2 parts: “”
Listen to Part 1 here  
Listen to Part 2 here

In podcast Ep 14 Part 1, I share an essay titled “On Militant Direct Action.

In part 2, I discuss the promotion of violence within certain animal advocacy circles and how the small few who promote violence often contradict themselves and are deeply misanthropic.

Please join me for part 2 which will be posted shortly.

Disclaimer: Please note I do not endorse individuals, opinions, links mentioned in the podcast or on external sites.

Links to information contained:
On Militant Direct Action

A Comment on Violence

More on Violence and Animal Rights

A Commentary on Violence 

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“The next mass extinction of sea life is already underway, the first such mass extinction in 55 million years.”

Scientists from the “International Programme on the State of the Ocean” said “the oceans are changing faster than anticipated and increasingly are becoming inhospitable to life. The excess CO2 and heat in the atmosphere is rapidly warming and acidifying ocean seas.” This is compounded (the report noted) by increased levels of deoxygenation from nutrient runoffs from farming and climate change. The scientists call these effects a deadly trio, that when combined, are creating changes in the seas, that (in their words) are unprecedented in the planet’s history. Scientists wrote that each of the Earth’s five known mass extinctions was preceded by at least one of these deadly trios: acidification, warming and deoxygenation. They warned “the next mass extinction of sea life is already underway, the first such mass extinction in 55 million years.”

The University of Hawaii also released a new report saying that the effects of climate change are now inevitable. They cannot be stopped. At best the rate of devastation can be slowed. The report predicated over the next 50 years, temperature levels will rise to such a degree that human life in many parts of the planet will become unsustainable. Millions upon millions of people will flee as refugees. Millions of species will face extinction. Coastal cities such as New York and even inland cities such as London will become unliveable. Microbes seem set to inherit the Earth.

Please watch Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize recipient)  speech at Moravian College on Tuesday, October 22. Hedges is the seventh Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence at Moravian College. His talk was drawn from his most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.  He speaks of the swift disintegration of the ecosystem currently underway. View the full speech here:

Please watch Chris Hedges speak about “Unfettered Capitalism”

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“Why do people take things so seriously?”

A couple of nights ago, I accidentally came across a program which featured a female performer and her band.  I decided to find out more about them online  and  to my dismay I found a rather unfortunate article. It was written in 2011, so this characterisation may not still apply and I sincerely hope it does not, but the article claims the lead vocalist is reportedly quite misogynist and her band is quite homophobic and misogynist. The female performer – Syd Tha Kid -happens to be lesbian and Black. I’m aware that misogyny, sexism and homophobia are still fairly widespread in most genres of music today but it’s always disappointing when yet another new performer emerges and we find out that they may do nothing more than reinforce discrimination against women and LGBTI people.

I posted the article’s link on  the band’s Twitter page in the faint hope that they might consider it or clarify. The band didn’t deny anything and tweeted back “lol someone’s living in the past“.  I would like to think their reply meant they no longer held those views but sadly I don’t think so. One of their followers — a young Black woman — took exception to my posting the article on Twitter and replied to me “Why do people take things so seriously?”  I replied, that we should take misogyny, racism, heterosexism, sexism seriously because they cause violence.

I thought if this young woman’s reply was sincere, and she didn’t understand why we should take misogyny and homophobia seriously then she was either not paying attention, or didn’t have any insight into the issue, or just doesn’t care and thinks this is acceptable. I thought it was a rather a sad comment which doesn’t understand the power of words and actions, the power of discriminatory attitudes and how these attitudes always lead to violence. We only have to look at the levels of violence against women today to see whether sexism and misogyny should be taken seriously. So let’s look at a few facts:

Based on country data available , up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime – the majority by husbands, intimate partners or someone they know. Among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.

Femicide ─ the murder of women because they are women

In the United States, one-third of women murdered each year are killed by intimate partners.
In South Africa, a woman is killed every 6 hours by an intimate partner.
In India, 22 women were killed each day in dowry-related murders in 2007.
In India currently 60 million women are missing and have either been aborted before birth, killed once born, died of neglect because they were girls, or perhaps murdered by their husband’s family for not paying enough dowry at marriage.
In Guatemala, two women are murdered, on average, each day.
In Australia, a woman is killed almost every week by a male partner or ex-partner.

Trafficking

Women and girls comprise 80 percent of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked annually , with the majority (79 percent) trafficked for sexual exploitation. In 2011, 23,000 women were abducted in China.

Harmful practices

Approximately 100 to 140 million girls and women in the world have experienced female genital mutilation/cutting, with more than 3 million girls in Africa annually at risk of the practice.
Early marriage is a form of sexual violence which sees over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.1 million in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million). In Yemen in Sept 2013, a young 8 year old child bride died on her wedding night from sexual-related injuriesAccording to Human Rights Watch, 14% of girls in Yemen are married before age 15, and 52% are married before age 18.

Sexual violence against women and girls

As many as 1 in 4 women worldwide are physically or sexually assaulted while pregnant.
An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone.
As many as 1 in 4 women experience physical and/or sexual violence during pregnancy  which increases the likelihood of having a miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion . Up to 53 percent of women physically abused by their intimate partners are being kicked or punched in the abdomen.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman is assaulted every 15 seconds.
In Ecuador, adolescent girls reporting sexual violence in school identified teachers as the perpetrator in 37 per cent of cases.

Rape as a method of warfare

Approximately 250,000 to 500,000 women and girls were raped in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence, mostly involving women and girls, have been documented since 1996, though the actual numbers are considered to be much higher. Rape has been used in warfare throughout history.

Sexual Harassment

Between 40 and 50 per cent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advancements, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at their workplace.
In the United States, 83 per cent of girls aged 12 to 16 experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.

Judging by these statistics, it’s clear we live in a patriarchy.

Regarding heterosexism and homophobia and their relationship to violence, if one does research on violence and bullying of  LGBTI people today, it is significant despite advances on the front against heterosexism.

And let’s not forget the most invisible and widespread form of discrimination — speciesism — and consider what results from our speciesist attitudes towards nonhuman animals as we continue to use them as resources. We torture and murder more nonhumans animals (mainly for food) in a 3 to 5 day period than all humans killed in wars, genocide, famines, plagues and murders throughout history. Should we take this seriously? We certainly should and the way to take this horrific violence and injustice seriously is to become vegan.Syd Tha Kid

Considering the violence resulting in all forms of discrimination, we can not overstate the importance of taking any form of discrimination seriously if we believe these groups ( human or nonhuman) morally matter.

If I may be a little candid. I am often astonished and saddened when I hear women preface their comment with “I’m not a feminist but …..”, as if being a feminist is a bad thing; as if being a feminist is something to be a shamed of and something we need to back away from. I sometimes have to stop for a moment just to make sure I have heard correctly.  Is social approbation so important to us? Are are we so fearful of being called “crazy”, one of many slurs used against women throughout history who dared have independent thought and who voiced their strong opinions?  Are we that disempowered as women, or lacking insight, or misogynist, or morally weak that we  would rather turn away, play down, or deny there’s a very serious problem that needs addressing? I am astonished and saddened when I see or hear young women (or any women) being misogynist and sexist or defending misogyny and sexism. I’m saddened when I see women in the public eye –who have an opinion which differs from mainstream thinking– having their appearance criticized instead of their opinion. We witness this all too often.

If ever there were ever a time we need more feminists, it’s now.

Sexism and misogyny are rampant and ubiquitous in our society. It saddens me that some young women seem to have internalised societal misogyny. They have internalised the hatred and are projecting it on to other women. You only have to read the stomach-churning live Twitter stream under Twitter hashtags regarding female celebrities or women in the public eye. One only has to read the comments, articles or interviews in the mainstream media or read comments on Youtube, Facebook and other social media to witness the endless gleeful hatred of women and how it goes unchallenged to realise how socially acceptable it is. It sometimes appears as if the very mention of a woman in the media is seen as an invitation to attack. Is it any wonder we have horrifying and outrageous statistics today of violence against women? I would have thought by now in the 21st century society would be taking sexism seriously but that’s not the case. In fact it seems in many ways we are going backwards.

Australia's current Prime Minister Tony speaking behind misogynist placards about the then PM Julia Gillard

Australia’s current Prime Minister Tony Abbott along side two female cabinet ministers, speaking publicly at a rally about the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard

In Australia the media (70% owned by Rupert Murdoch) and certain sections of the  public directed a relentless stream of misogyny and sexism at our first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Last night she was interviewed for the first time since her removal as prime minster a couple of months ago and she said at times she felt “murderous rage” at the sexism directed at her. It felt that every time she was attacked because of her gender, that it was an attack on all women. It was truly horrible. Please watch former Prime Minister Julia Gillard give her speech criticising the current Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s history of misogyny.

We need to consider that all forms of discrimination are just faces of the same ignorance and where we have one form of discrimination, we will have all forms. While there is speciesism we will have sexism, racism, heterosexism and so forth and we will continue to “otherise” and objectify. We will continue to inflict violence against certain vulnerable groups and this behaviour ultimately makes us all the poorer and demeans us.  As Martin Luther King Jr said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

Chavez

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Some thoughts on Chelsea Manning

“Those who attempt to mend the flaws in the human species through force embrace a perverted idealism. Those who believe that history is a progressive march toward human perfectibility, and that they have the moral right to force this progress on others, no longer know what it is to be human. In the name of the noblest virtues they sink to the depths of criminality and moral depravity. This self-delusion comes to us in many forms. It can be wrapped in the language of Western civilization, democracy, religion, the master race, Liberté, égalité, fraternité, the worker’s paradise, the idyllic agrarian society, the new man or scientific rationalism. The jargon is varied. The dark sentiment is the same.”
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In case you have not heard of  Chelsea Manning, Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) was recently sentenced by the US government to 35 years in a military prison for revealing US war crimes and other related classified information via journalist source Wikileaks. This extreme sentence is designed to act as a deterrent to other whistleblowers and journalists. Chelsea Manning is a hero and a whistleblower. We should all be very grateful for her sacrifice but sadly her moral courage is rare today.

It was the late Howard Zinn (Historian, author and activist) who wrote in 1990:

“If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, nor as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles

Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”

Yes indeed. Howard Zinn would have praised the actions of PFC Chelsea Manning had he been alive today. As Dr Cornel West said recently Martin Luther King Jr would have praised PFC Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and supported them had Dr. King been alive today.

I am saddened by the persecution and incarceration of such a morally courageous person, one who has expressed the wish to transition from male to female at this most difficult time. Transition is another courageous act in its own right in a largely heterosexist and deeply sexist society. Transitioning from male to female or female to male is difficult enough, but Chelsea Manning is likely to spend at least some time, but most likely all of her sentence with the male prison population while she is transitioning. Her safety is of grave concern. ( For more info on concerns) Of course her ability to physically transition depends on the prison giving her permission to take hormones and that is unlikely.

The ACLU has issued a statement on the Army’s policy of not assisting those who wish to transition, saying:

In response to Chelsea Manning’s disclosure that she is female, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and will be seeking hormone therapy as a part of her transition during her incarceration, public statements by military officials that the Army does not provide hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria raise serious constitutional concerns.

In addition even if the U.S army’s policy changes, Chelsea Manning will be unable to undergo surgery while in prison so she will be unable to transition completely. And although her lawyer expects Manning will be released on good behaviour in 7 years, this is a long time for anyone to have to wait to feel complete. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term Gender identity disorder,  I’ve been informed by those who are transgendered that being unable to transition for whatever reason (social, financial etc) is psychological torture and can result in severe clinical depression and sometimes suicide. What compounds this are the negative societal attitudes and prejudices and the very real possibility of being the target of hate crimes.

Zinna Jones writes in “An open letter to CNN on Chelsea Manning

41% of transgender people will attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Social ostracism and denial of agency can and do seriously harm people.

To say that Chelsea Manning has a most difficult and dangerous road ahead of her during her time in prison is an understatement.

Unless we are filling our lives with distractions and doing our best to deny reality, it is hard to deny that it is a difficult and disturbing world we live in today. There is (what seems to be) the United States government’s unending need for imperialist wars like the imminent war with Syria, which will inevitably include Iran, Syria’s ally. There is mass surveillance being carried out on citizens. There is automated propaganda on a mass scale. Military occupation of cyberspace has merged with everyday civilian society which means a military occupation of civilian society. Wikileaks journalist Julian Assange has stated we are “galloping towards a transnational surveillance state”. There is an epidemic of violence against women globally. There are wars in all corners of the globe including civil wars. A little known fact in a speciesist world is that we torture and murder of 300+ million land and sea nonhuman animals each day mostly for trivial reasons of palate pleasure, something that is completely morally unjustifiable. There’s a rise in all forms of discrimination – racism, sexism, heterosexism, speciesism and so forth. There is widespread preventable poverty, preventable hunger and disease. Climate change (along with the ever increasing unsustainable human population) is escalating as corporations hold government to ransom and have staged a coup d’etat over many decades. Therefore we will not see any meaningful action to address it. We are distracted by social media, gadgets, sound bite news, reality shows, celebrity, spectacle and fluff. Most of us don’t read any more and when we do, we can’t focus on anything longer than a few sentences or a tweet. We are becoming numb to violence and the suffering of others. We lack moral courage.  Some people’s courage is misplaced. We turn away from that which makes us uncomfortable, hiding from what we fear. We ignore our own participation in violence as we ingest violence 3 times a day, we wear violence on our bodies and use those from other species as resources for our pleasure. We seem to prefer our palate pleasure over our own survival as our governments and green groups ignore the great contribution animal agriculture plays in hunger and climate change. We are exposed to continuous violence through a myriad of sources. Staged violence (in entertainment) is a reflection of our love of and addiction to violence. However……….. just occasionally, amidst the chaos, light and hope seeps through, and we see what standing up for one’s principles looks like, what real courage and true sacrifice looks like. On rare occasion we get to see someone who truly values the principles of nonviolence over their own safety.

And that is Chelsea Manning.

Chris Hedges wrote “War is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of troops by politicians.”

I am buoyed and somewhat in awe of the courage of Chelsea Manning. Even after Manning’s sentence was delivered she turned to her attorney to comfort him saying “It’s OK”.  I’d like to share with you the following transcript of the statement made by PFC. Chelsea Manning as read by David Coombs (her attorney) at a press conference after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. You can also watch the video of the statement here. It shows an awakening and a decision to act.

Chelsea Manning:

“The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown out any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.”

So some may ask why should we support Chelsea Manning?

There’s a few reasons. The first being that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as Martin Luther King wrote from his Birmingham jail cell. Dr. King also wrote “Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?” All humans (and all nonhumans) deserve our respect, protection and support and a rare individual like Chelsea Manning should be cherished. Manning has tackled her own fear head on in private and in public and she did what was morally right. How many of us can say we would risk our life and liberty if we were placed in the same circumstance? Due to the stripping away of civil liberties by the corporate state today we could all be in the same difficult position that Chelsea Manning finds herself in if we act on our conscience. That is why we should support her.

I am Chelsea Manning

I am Chelsea Manning

What are some actions we can take to support Chelsea Manning?

This may be a futile and normally I do not recommend petitions, but please consider signing this petition which urges the Obama administration to grant PFC Manning access to necessary medical treatment.

What else can we do for Chelsea Manning? Understand transgender issues. Share with social media the latest news and articles on Manning. Attend “free Chelsea Manning” rallies and protests so that the world does not forget this incredible person is languishing in prison for no other reason than she followed her conscience and dared expose the horror of imperialist war. Write to Chelsea Manning   Please note there are restrictions on what we are allowed and not allowed to talk about our letters.

As Noam Chomsky said “Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” All wars are imperialist adventures and our governments and their armies are engaged in the most immoral acts on a daily basis. Thanks to Chelsea Manning we were privy to the Wikileaks video “Collateral murder“. It was an horrific massacre and this massacre is not an unusual event. Every time I see it aired tears well in my eyes and I have to look away. Even the sound effects of machine guns and the commentary by the pilot makes me feel nauseous. I cannot bring myself to watch it again. U.S Soldiers have stated this happens on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. This horrific blood lust is what is being done in our name. And what are we doing about it? But the torture and murder of innocent men, women and children is what war is. War is legal murder through deception. Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and others have been victims of an unprecedented attack on our civil liberties because they dare to expose the truth.

So where do we go to from here?

It is time to build radical mass movements that defy all formal centers of power and make concessions to none. It is time to employ the harsh language of open rebellion and class warfare. It is time to march to the beat of our own drum. The law historically has been a very imperfect tool for justice, as African-Americans know, but now it is exclusively the handmaiden of our corporate oppressors; now it is a mechanism of injustice. It was our corporate overlords who launched this war. Not us. Revolt will see us branded as criminals. Revolt will push us into the shadows. And yet, if we do not revolt we can no longer use the word “hope.” – Chris Hedges

We need to rise up and engage in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience before it is too late.  The time for talk is over. Nonviolent civil disobedience is our weapon. It’s all we have left.

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For more information on Chelsea Manning and related issues:

Chelsea Manning upholds nonviolent values and I thought I would share the six King-ian Principles of Nonviolence sourced from The King Center.

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Recent videos and posts on Chelsea Manning. As Chelsea Manning Announces “I am Female,” Attorney Discusses Role of Gender Issues During Trial


WATCH: Full Extended Interview With Chelsea Manning’s Attorney After 35-Year Sentence | Democracy Now!
Chelsea Manning Reveals Herself to the World: ‘I Am a Female’
What Manning revealed
An earlier event prior to sentencing and change of name to Chelsea: Cornel West and Chris Hedges discuss Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning verdict
From Breaking the Set

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Noam Chomsky: “Wrecking nature for short term profit”

Noam Chomsky: Wrecking nature for short term profit – YouTube.

The most important reason to be vegan is because using animals as resources is morally unjustifiable. Another reason is because 51% of GHG are from animal agriculture according to Worldwatch Institute. We are less than 1% of the planet’s population. This planet is home to billions of other species. They matter as much as we do. If you are not vegan, please start here
www.veganismisnonviolence.com/becoming-vegan

For more information: Chris Hedges : The Myth of Human Progress – Truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_myth_of_human_progress_20130113/

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Why are we not vegan?

Live in peace

Today I saw a young “working” dog herding a cow. The cow was obviously scared and confused as they both moved down the hill out of view. It made me sad because I was witnessing one exploited nonhuman assisting us to exploit another nonhuman.

Why is this occurring?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are mothers crying for their babies today, babies who have been removed and murdered?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are male chicks being ground up alive or suffocated because the egg industry has no use for them?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are millions of day old male calves being dragged across the killing floor crying for their mothers because the dairy industry has no use for them? Because we are not vegan.

Why are animals languishing in prisons all over the world?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are poachers torturing and killing many animals all over the world?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are shelters like slaughterhouses?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are labs full of tortured animals?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are people promoting “happy animal slavery” and “happy animal products”?
Because we are not vegan.

Why will 153 million individuals being murdered today mostly for our palate pleasure?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are rivers of blood flowing all over the world? Because we are not vegan.

Why do we exploit the vulnerable, and oppress, exploit and murder 99.9999% of
the planet’s population who are nonhuman? Because we are not vegan.

Why are 56 billion nonhuman land animals tortured and murdered each year?
Because we are not vegan.

Why will the oceans be empty according to scientists by 2048?
Because we are not vegan.

Why is 4/5s of the world’s antibiotics used in animal agriculture and why are super-bugs cropping up everywhere?
Because we are not vegan.

Why is the Amazon rainforest being destroyed? Because we are not vegan.

Why do we ignore the Worldwatch Institute report that 51% of greenhouse gas emissions are from animal use industry?
Because we are not vegan.

Why will laws always reflect the position that animals are property?
Because we are not vegan.

Why do we promote something so morally wrong as animal welfare “reform”?
Because we are not vegan.

Why will we never experience peace on earth even if all human against human violence ended tomorrow?
Because we are not vegan.

Why are we not vegan? Good question. 😉

Please go vegan because there’s so much that is wrong with exploiting the vulnerable.
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